West Africa's ECOWAS warns against Burkina coup, calls for talks

Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:27pm EDT
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DAKAR Oct 30 (Reuters) - West African regional bloc ECOWAS said on Thursday that it would not accept any party seizing power through non-constitutional means during Burkina Faso's political crisis.

The warning came as military officials and opposition leaders held talks in the capital, Ouagadougou, amid a vaccuum sparked by protesters demanding the removal of President Blaise Compaore storming parliament and state television.

The ECOWAS statement called on all sides in the crisis to engage in talks and welcomed the government's move to withdraw a plan to change the consitution to allow Compaore to stand for re-election next year. (Reporting by David Lewis; Editing by Daniel Flynn)